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Hold Tight Group
In this Group: Hawa, Alice, Oredole, Patann, Edna
Pictured here are members of the Hold Tight group from the small town of Waterloo, near Freetown, where 'Shine on Sierra Leone' has partnered with SMT to start a branch. They are seeking for a loan of SLL 4,200,000 from Kiva lenders.

Hawa W. (pictured in the front) is the leader of this group. Hawa is 47 years of age. She was born in Waterloo, 20 miles from Freetown. She is married to a village headman and the two of them have three children together. All three of their children are still school-going. Hawa is a pig farmer; she will use this loan to buy 10 additional pigs. Hawa has been a pig farmer for 6 years now.

Additional Information

About Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT)

Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) is Kiva’s oldest field partner in Sierra Leone. SMT began operations in 2002 as a microcredit program of the NGO Child Fund Sierra Leone under a USAID program to assist the reintegration of ex combatants back into their communities. Today, SMT offers group, agricultural, individual and salary loans to micro-entrepreneurs through six branches and one sub-branch in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas. By providing small loans and other financial services, SMT empowers poor clients to generate more income to help their families, improve their wellbeing, and create a more vibrant private small-business sector in Sierra Leone.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 16
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,826.8
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD